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from the devastation, rescue workers dig by hand to the earthquake rubble in japan. >> concerns grow about a major nuclear meltdown. >>> i'm ky jackson. here is what people are talking about. >> double devastation. the earthquake tsunami death toll rose in japan and expected to get higher. scientists are trying to prevent another disaster, a nuclear meltdown. monday's hydrogen explosion at this japanese nuclear power plant could be heard for miles. three reactors have lost cooling capacity. crews are pumping in seawater to try and prevent a meltdown, but the water continues to evaporate. some 200,000 people have been evacuated from a 12-mile area, and the us navy moved warships further offshore to avoid radiation exposure. the quake triggered a tsunami that devastated japan's coast. rescue crews continue to search through the massive and widespread records. entire neighborhoods have been wiped out, and in one town, a ship ended up resting on top of a building. ohm homeowners trying to pick up the pieces aren't sure where to begin. >> i don't have the money. >> the united nations are
>>> a devastating earthquake triggers a tsunami that slams into japan. >> killing others and carrying away homes, cars and buildings, putting the west coast of the u.s. on a tsunami watch. >> hi. i'm kai jackson. >> and i'm mary mary bubala. here's what people are talking about. >>> one of the biggest earthquakes ever unleashes a tsunami on japan. and it is putting the nations around the pacific ocean on alert. sandra hughes has concerns on the u.s. west coast. yet we begin with randall pinkston, reporting for wjz on the widespread devastation. >> reporter: the massive tsunami swallowed entire villages on japan's northeast coast and left others burning through the night. the 23-foot wave, triggered by the largest ever in japan, swept away by cars, boats. in one coastal town alone, 1800 homes were badly damaged or destroyed. they have recovered 300 bodies. hundreds more are missing. the quake centered around northeast of tokyo. >> it was so strong. and the undulation of the earth was so powerful that we actually had to kind of hang onto the outside of our house. >> reporte
jackson. here's what people are talking about. >> radiation race against time. japan is rushing to contain leaks from a nuclear power plant. aftershocks continue to rock the area destroyed by last week's earthquake and tsunami. >> reporter: engineers may call on u.s. and japanese troops at the nuclear plant. a third explosion and fire at the complex sent dangerous levels of radiation into the air. japan's prime minister is urging calm. but 140,000 people living near the plant to seal themselves indoors. >> it's very traumatic. and the main thing is we don't know what to do. >> reporter: plant officials may ask military helicopters to spray water on a storage pond so it won't release any more radiation. about 70,000 people within 12 miles. plant have been evacuated. others outside that zone are also leaving. >> everyone is scared for their child's sake and just trying to get their kids out first. >> reporter: the head of u.n.'s nuclear watchdog agency called the events worrying and said he's sending a team of experts to help. >> reporter: another powerful aftershock rocked japan after night
anniversary where workers gathered outside of the three mile island plant. those offered prayers to japan. mary, back to you. >>> thank you, the final death toll is expected to reach 18,000 with hundreds of thousands still homeless. >>> the united states government confirms small amounts of radiation have made its way to america. derek valcourt has more on what is being done about it. >> reporter: radiation levels found in the u.s. are minuscule. so small that the state and government are urging people not to worry about it. it's a long trip from the site of the disaster to hear in the united states. some radiation has made it. sunday, federal officials announce a radioactive form of iodine that's been detected in rain water in pennsylvania and further north in massachusetts. the epa says that those radiation levels are about 25 times below the level that would be of concern for the most vulnerable infants and pregnant women. >> it's much less still than a regular plane flight. if you get an x-ray, that's highier radiation. >> reporter: the state health officials say that the routine amou
than 40 nations to discuss libya. >>> frustration is grow anything japan. it's been more than two weeks since the earthquake in japan. here's the report from new york. >> reporter: japan's prime minister defended the government's actions after the earthquake and tsunami damaged the plant. opposition lawmakers and parliament weren't convinced. you're the prime minister, said this politician, what were you thinking when you ran out of the office? today, the workers continue trying to remove the highly radioactive water. and there's a new concern, the presence of plutonium in the ground nearby. in washington, the u.s. energy commission's top nuclear expert told the committee, they're slowly recovering and the presence of pollute tone yum is ex-- plutonium is expect and not to be alarming. >> it's not in significant levels. >> reporter: the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission is reviewing safety commissions at nuclear plants in america. one of the most significant concerns is how to handle a power loss at a plant. radiation is being checked in japan again. >> we probably don't get close enou
, the security council held a moment of silence for the victims in japan. the u.n. is helping to coordinate relief efforts, sending in aid from around the world. >> reporter: in the town of ofanatu, british and american crews are searching for survivors. >> we're trying to access underneath. but obviously, you can see very, very difficult conditions. >> reporter: crews continue to recover bodies from the wreckage. many times, family members are there, to mourn their loved ones. randall pink ston, wjz -- pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> there are reports that all of the water is gone from the troubled nuclear power plant. that increases the risk of the rods melting down. let's take a look. stocks open low and drop sharply in the afternoon. here's a look at the numbers just moments ago. the dow was down 242 points. that's 2% of its value. s&p off 25. nasdaq down 50. >> trying to calm fears of radiation fallout here in the u.s., our complete coverage continues. sandra hughes reports for wjz. people are rushing out to buy medication to protect themselves. >> reporter: americans are watching th
>>> grave concern. a breach of a core nuclear reactor in japan. >> i'm kai jackson. and i'm mary bubala. here's what people are talking b. >> nuclear crisis escalates. it's been nearly two weeks since a northern tsunami battles japan. thousands are homeless and a nuclear plant is still leaking. >> reporter: japan's nuclear disaster appears to be getting worse. highly radioactive water is believed to be leaking at the fukushima daichi nuclear plant. japanese officials say a reactor core might have been bleached -- breached. which might have allowed higher levels of radiation to escape than in the past week. two workers were burned from water containing radiation levels 10,000 times higher than previously detected. the prime minister called the situation grave and serious. the evacuation zone around the plant has been expanded from 12 to 18 miles. >> reporter: here at the united nations, the secretary general met with some of the world's top nuclear, health, agricultural and weather experts to try to help get an assessment of the situation in japan. >> reporter: engineers are tryin
necessities are getting harder to come by in japan. denise has more on dwindling supply and new video. >> new test results today of the tap water in japan showed a level of radioactive iodine is down. but that is not stopping frightened people from rushing into stores and stocking up on bottles. some put limits on quantities to avoid hoarding. >>> new video today, at the fukushima power plant, just after the magnitude 9 quake struck. some countries have stopped importing food from japan, fearing radiation contamination. >> the death toll from the disaster has risen to more than 9,000, with 16,000 people still missing. >> reporter: taking aim at more targets, coalition forces attack tripoli. daniel nottingham reports from the united nations. >> reporter: french fighter jets return to their base in corsica, after hitting libyan targets, including one of moammar gadhafi's warplanes. they had just landed at this base, after violating the united nations' no-fly zone. libyan television showed a tripoli base on fire, apparently hit in overnight air strikes. state tv also showed mangled bodies it say
to the court and both sides by may 11th. >> the struggle to stabilize nuclear reactors in japan continues while the death toll from the earthquakes rises. randall pinkston has more. >> the vice chairman of japan visited a shelter to apologize to homeless fukushima residents. they spoke to families, one by one. he admitted his family's responsibility at the nuclear power plant. and promised to compensate victims. this man says he has apologized to us, but we also want to know when we can get back into our homes. that depends on progress at the diichi plant, where crews are repairing the systems. officials say the work being could take days. water in one reactor storage pool is reported to be dangerously hot. if the water burns away, exposed fuel rods could throw more radiation into the atmosphere. >> radiation is still rising from the complex. but they're not sure where it's coming from. >> reporter: u.s. troops are still making humanitarian flights to areas deemed safe. but pentagon officials say they are being cautious. >> we're very concerned about the health of our men and women in uniform.
weeks after the earthquake and tsunami damaged a nuclear power plant in northern japan. radiation levels are higher than ever. sea water near the fukushima plant contains nearly 3,000 times the legal amount of radioactive iodine. the jeopardy janese are trying -- the japanese are trying to keep it from leaking into the ocean. and we're going to learn how the u.s. is planning to protect against natural disasters. >>> is there a link between adhd and food coloring? in tonight's healthwatch report, manuel gallegus reports with the new research. >> carolyn ganin is convinced her son would get ill after eating bad foods. >> within moments, his behavior turns to the worst. completely. >> he was later diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. now, the fda is considering whether there is a real link between food coloring and behavior. and whether new warning labels should be placed on the foods kids love, like popular cereals, even mac and cheese. they say food warnings should be just the beginning. it wants a ban on artificial dyes. >> we believe the evidence is strong enough to
community commitment, we want to help you help those affected by the earthquake in japan in the pacific tsunami. to make an instant $10 donation, just text the red cross to 90999. or visit redcross.org. or call 1-800-red cross. >>> held without bail. a woman charged with killing her coworker at an upscale yoga boutique will remain behind bars. alex demetrick has more on britney norwood's first court appearance. >> reporter: officials say britney norwood killed janna and tied her own feet and ankles so they would believe the two were attacked. she appeared from a video in a jail cell. police say norwood's story of two masked men following them into the lulu store was a lie. investigators say the two fought over stolen merchandise found in norwood's bag. >> she had wounds on her body that were too numerous to count. >>> a toddler is killed when he somehow gets a gun in northwest baltimore. now, police are trying to figure out how it happened. adam may has details on the investigation. >> reporter: the police commissioner calls this a sad and horrible tragedy, as detectives continue focusi
in japan will be the most expensive natural disaster in history. rebuilding costs are expected to be more than $300 billion. and oil topped $106 billion a barrel, on reports of more violence in the middle east. energy stocks, including chevron and exxon mobil surged. >>> the federal reserve will not allow bank of america to raise its dev dends this year. they need to receive evidence that the largest u.s. bank is strong enough. >>> egypt's stock market was shut down because of mass protests that toppled former president hosni mubarak. that's your money watch. for more, stay with cbsmoneywatch.com. in new york, i'm alexis christoforous. >>> it's one of the smelliest contests around. in the odor eaters rotten sneaker contest has a new champion. they gathered to put their foul- smelling sneakers to the test. the new champion wins a $2500 prize, a trip to new york, and a year's supply of much-needed odor eater products. >> i bet those smell bad. i know what it smells like. mother of two boys. that's good money, if you can get it. >>> coming up on eyewitness news at 4:00. >>> shocking outburst
scared. >>> in japan, they are concerned. sea water now has 100 times the legal limit. pooling water has more than 10,000 times the radiation. and these, 40 miles away from the crippled reactor complex. that's prompted the watch dog group to call for an a watch dog zone. american and french nuclear experts have arrived to help, offering robots that can go into the plant and detect leaks. trace amounts of radioactive iodine can be found in milk. >> it's hardly a surprise that that happened and should be expected. >> reporter: health officials say consumers shouldn't be worried. the health limits are still 5,000 times below the standard set by the fda. >> they are increasing monitoring of air, milk and water nationwide. >>> kai, for the second time in two days, a top libyan official has defected and resigned has post. nato now parole -- patrols the skies. meanwhile, the country's current and former foreign affair ministers said they are stepping down. and no boots, but the u.s. is admitting the cia has a small amount of operatives on the ground. >>> they are debating whether to arm the reb
there. the trees were a gift from japan, about 99 years ago. about 100 of the original are still growing. sometimes it's freezing cold. >> yes. >> and there are people there in their t-shirts. >>> still ahead on eyewitness news at 4:00. a dog helping victims of child abuse. how this golden retriever is putting criminals behind bars. >>> babies on ice. doctors are freezing newborns to save their lives. we'll explain the ground- breaking treatment. >>> a pregnant student. >>> and will it warm up again? we'll tell you more about the big changes in the forecast coming up. ,, [ male announcer ] what if you could combine america's most advanced fiber optic network with america's most loved mobile device? wouldn't that be something? control your tv, manage your dvr remotely and with a flick of a finger, send pictures straight to your flatscreen with the fios app for iphone. to get more from your iphone, wherever you are, you need verizon fios. a network ahead. call the verizon center for customers with disabilities at 800-974-6006 tty/v. >>> dramatic and frightening video from a school bus. wat
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